President Emmerson Mnangagwa has mourned founding National University of Science and Technology (Nust) Vice-Chancellor Professor Phineas Makhurane, describing him as a strong nationalist.
Prof Makhurane was one of the first black Zimbabwean to attain a degree in Physics and Mathematics. He succumbed to diabetes at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo on Saturday. Part of Mnangagwa’s condolence message reads:
Today, Nust stands out as a monument to his visionary leadership and sterling effort, with much of its structures and educational programmes having taken form and shape when our country was in the grip of deep economic challenges largely wrought by punitive sanctions from the West. As we mourn his passing on, we, at the same time, celebrate this incomparable bequest to our nation by which he shall be remembered across generations. On behalf of the Party, Zanu-PF, Government, my family, and on my own behalf, I wish to convey my deep, heartfelt condolences to the Makhurane family, especially to Mrs Makhurane and the children. In this hour of heavy grief, may the family derive comfort from the outstanding deeds of this great man who has left such an indelible mark on our nation. We mourn with them in this hour of deep loss and grief, praying that his soul be rested in perfect peace.